Last night I started having some really bizarre sharp pains in my abdomen and around the same time realized that my normal night owl baby was not moving. For an hour we tried walking, sitting, laying on either side, poking him, playing music, cold water and got nothing.
In case you wondered, it was completely and totally terrifying. So we went to the hospital.
The baby continued to be sluggish for the first hour we were there and being monitored, but towards the end of a 20 minute ultrasound that involved the OB repeatedly poking him with the wand to wake him up, he finally gave some good kicks and punches and they felt content that that, with his normal heart rate and lack of signs of distress, we could go home safely.
But before they let us go they also did a cervical check because I was having regular, not painless contractions and surprise, I’m 1 cm dilated and 30% effaced at 36 weeks. We agreed this would be no big deal if it weren’t for the contractions, but there was some concern that I was in early labor. They toyed with the idea of making me walk for 2 hours to see if the contractions intensified or if I progressed, but since we expressed that we didn’t really want to have the baby yet, they let us go home with instructions to come back if the contractions increased or my water broke (spoiler alert: they didn’t and it didn’t).
Besides providing several hours of terror, the experience also was a nice kick in the pants to remind of all the things we really need to do before this baby comes. Early dilation doesn’t necessarily mean early labor, but we’re getting ourselves in gear anyway. So these are the 9 things that we really need to do before this baby arrives. Here’s to hoping we have time!
What baby preparations did you save until the last minute?